This lesson demonstrates how plastics end up in the Hudson River and prompts students to investigate plastic use in their daily lives. Students will conduct a survey to explore differences between single-use and reusable plastic items found in their home. The activity concludes with a brainstorm of alternative materials to minimize our demand for plastic and ultimately protect our environment.
Themes: Plastic Consumption, Water Quality, Combined Sewer Overflows, Pollution, Human Impact on the Hudson River Estuary
Prep Time: None
Activity Time: 30-40 minutes